Members of the CEBM faculty have held a second workshop in the city of Kaunus, Lithuania. This followed on from last year’s inaugural one in Vilnus, Lithuania). The aim was to build on and support a movement in the country to foster more evidence based medicine in clinical practice and teaching.
The CEBM team members supporting the movement this year were Dr Kamal R. Mahtani and Dr David Nunan. The all day workshop took place on the opening day of a 3-day conference on improving EBM in the country www.medevidence.eu at the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences . Dr Mahtani and Dr Nunan gave the opening plenaries to the conference on the topics of Applying evidence to patient care and Study designs respectively. The conference was the largest EBM conference held in the country and the morning session alone was delivered to over 300 clinicians, academics and medical students.
During the afternoon session Dr Mahtani and Dr Nunan coordinated a more interactive session on applying EBM though formulating clinical questions, searching for evidence and appraising the evidence.
The delegates were asked to provide feedback on the opening day of the conference with Dr Mahtani scoring 4.69 out of 5, and Dr. Nunan 4.59 out of 5. The highest positive feedback was for the afternoon session which was rated at 4.71 out of 5. When the delegates were asked “How likely are you to apply skills acquired in the workshop to your daily practice?” the average score was 8.68 out of 10. When asked to “Rate the need for formal EBM teaching in Lithuanian medical schools” the delegates mean score was 9.49 out of 10.
By providing the EBM teaching it is hoped that the EBM movement in Lithuania will grow and become more integrated into both practice and the medical school curriculum.